Palace: Safety, not China, concern for sea protesters

ALTHOUGH it was ignoring warnings by China against excursions to the contested Spratly Islands, Malacañang said Sunday it was nonetheless discouraging a group of young people from going there due to concerns over the safety of sea travel in the area. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Palace was not against the idealism of the youth group, composed mostly of college students from 81 provinces who want to assert the country’s claim to the disputed archipelago in the South China Sea. But it expressed concern for the group’s…